Watch out, Usain Bolt. The world’s fastest man has some new competition–and she’s only twelve years old.
Brianna Lyston set a new record when she flew past her competitors, finishing the 200-meter final of the Boys and Girls Championship in Kingston, Jamaica with a record-breaking time of 23.72 seconds. At the age of fifteen, eight-time Olympian Usain Bolt finished the same race in 21.81 seconds–mere seconds faster than the twelve year old champion.
“I’m so proud of her. It was just fantastic to watch,” Brianna’s mother, Toya Bennett, told UK’s The Telegraph. “She always trains very hard and when she came off the track she just felt great.”
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Lyston now holds the Class 4 (under-13) 200-meter record, only 2.38 seconds behind the female world record set by America’s Florence Griffith-Joyner at the 1988 Olympic Games–but she’s challenging herself to be even faster.
“I think I can go much faster, I am looking for 23.80 seconds. My coach told me to go out and make the semi-finals and I plan to run hard in every race,” she told Jamaica’s Gleaner newspaper.
Jamaicans are hailing her as the next Olympic medalist.
“Brianna Lyston, Class 4 runner from St. Jago is exceptional!” said Jamaica’s education minister Floyd Green. “[I] feel like we going to be calling her name for years to come.”
Can Brianna go on to become the world’s fastest runner?